‘Jupiter Ascending’ Moves To 2015 Six Weeks Before July 18 Release Date

Science fiction fans looking forward to next month’s Jupiter Ascending from Warner Brothers are in for a shock, as news hit that the Wachowski movie was being pushed back to February 2015.

According to Variety, Jupiter still had 2,000 visual effects shots that needed to be completed, which meant that there was no way it would be ready in time for release, particularly for international distribution.

“With the July release date, they were just not going to make it on time,” said Warner Bros domestic distribution chief Dan Fellman. “A lot of the issue for us was getting it ready for the international release, since the foreign territories need additional time.”

Set for release on February 6, 2015, Jupiter Ascending is now going head to head with Universal’s Seventh Son starring Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, and Kit Harrington. Coincidentally, Seventh Son has a box office ailment just like Jupiter Ascending. Both films have been pushed back more than twice now.

Directed by Andy and Lana Wachowski, the creators of The Matrix, Jupiter Ascending is a sci-fi flick starring Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, and Sean Bean.

“We’ve been trying like hell to get this finished,” said Fellman, as reported by the LA Times.

About Jupiter Ascending:

Jupiter Jones (Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people’s houses and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along—her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.

From the streets of Chicago to far flung galaxies whirling through space, “Jupiter Ascending” is written and directed by the Wachowskis. Award-winning producer Grant Hill, with whom they have collaborated since “The Matrix” Trilogy, is producing, together with Lana Wachowski and Andy Wachowski. Roberto Malerba and Bruce Berman serve as executive producers.

The film currently has a budget of around $150m, though its unclear if this number takes into account the visual effects that Jupiter will need done over the next seven months.

Were you looking forward to seeing Jupiter Ascending next month? If so, looks like you’ll need to wait just a bit longer.